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UI hosts national workshop on rainfall measurement
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- How do you measure a raindrop?
That question and others will be discussed at a Nov. 5-6 technical workshop
being hosted by the University of Iowa College of Engineering's Iowa Institute
of Hydraulic Research (IIHR) at the Wind Tunnel Annex, 130 W. Harrison
The workshop is being held to give about 20 hydrometeorology experts
from across the country hands-on experience in operating an instrument
called a "2-D video disdrometer" that measures the size and distribution
of raindrops, as well as other raindrop data. The UI instrument, manufactured
by Joanneum Research of Austria, is one of only two in the United States,
with the other one owned by NASA.
The workshop will provide training and exchange of information for researchers
who are preparing to participate in an experiment studying climate change.
The experiment, sponsored by NASA, will be held in the Amazon in Brazil.
According to Anton Kruger, IIHR researcher and workshop organizer, IIHR's
hosting of the workshop is a clear recognition of IIHR's contributions
to the field of radar and satellite remote sensing of rainfall.
In addition to IIHR's hydrometeorology group, workshop participants
will represent Colorado State University, NASA, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, the National Center for Atmospheric Research,
the National Severe Storms Laboratory, and the Hydrologic Research Center.